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Dienhart: My bowl projections as race shapes up

Six weeks are in the books, and the bowl picture is coming into a bit sharper focus … a bit. To review: The Big Ten has tie-ins with eight bowls—but it has only 10 bowl-eligible schools, as Penn State and Ohio State are banned from the postseason in 2012. [RELATED: View our 2012-2013 bowl schedule] With conference play here, schools now are beating up on each other, alternately helping and hurting each program’s bowl stock. The Big Ten should be able to fill all of its slots, with only Illinois and Indiana not in a bowl for now. And while

Week 7 Player Rankings: McGloin stays hot

With Week 6 behind us, it’s time for my latest Big Ten Player Rankings. Again, I’m doing these a little different this year. Whereas I used to rank the top 10 players – a practice that was tough due to all the talent on both sides of the ball – I’ll rank the top six offensive and defensive players each week. Why six of both? Because it opens up the field, plus there are six teams in each division. So, consider offense the Legends Division and the defense the Leaders Division, or vice versa. [RELATED: Tom Dienhart’s Week 7 Power

Purdue product Drew Brees breaks NFL record

Former Purdue star and current New Orleans QB Drew Brees set an NFL record Sunday night by throwing a touchdown pass for the 48th consecutive game. The record, previously held by NFL Hall of Famer Johnny Unitas, stood since 1960. Brees set the record on 40-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter of Sunday’s 31-24 victory over San Diego, Brees’ old team (Watch the TD | Brees talks record). The record-setting performance was extra sweet because it came in a winning effort, New Orleans’ first in the opening five weeks. Brees also had one of the better days of his career, completing

Power Rankings: Wolverines moving on up

How about them Wolverines? Michigan went into West Lafayette and dominated a pretty good Purdue team Saturday afternoon. The performance was exactly what Michigan needed in its first action since struggling at Notre Dame. But what did the 44-13 victory do for the Wolverines’ stock in my latest Power Rankings? Find out in this post. Disagree? Leave your thoughts in the comment box below or tweet me (@BTNTomDienhart). 1. Ohio State (6-0, 2-0). After muzzling Michigan State last week on the road with a great defensive effort and then clubbing red-shot Nebraska with an offensive explosion in a 63-38 victory,

How did we do? Week 6 picks revisited

We’ve reached the midpoint of the 2012 Big Ten football season. Before we turn our complete attention to Week 7, though, we need to review how BTN.com fans, Tom Dienhart and yours truly did with our Week 6 predictions. Dienhart led the way, going 4-1, while BTN.com fans and I went 3-2. After six weeks, that means it’s BTN.com fans and Dienhart tied for the top spot, at 44-13. SEASON RECORDS BTN.com fans: 44-13; .772 Tom: 44-13; .772 Brent: 42-15; .737 [RELATED: Week 7 Power Rankings | Tom’s Week 6 Top 10 | Week 6 Game Balls] Michigan State 31,

DiNardo's Week 6 Sunday Ruminations

Every Sunday during the college football season, BTN analyst Gerry DiNardo hits Twitter to share his thoughts from the previous day’s slate of games. What did DiNardo have to say about Week 6 Big Ten action? Read all of his Sunday Ruminations in this post. [RELATED: Tom Dienhart’s Week 7 Power Rankings] ILLINOIS Sunday Ruminations – #ILLINI -The old saying is 'you get better or worse never stay the same" Illinois improved their effort from last week — Gerry DiNardo (@gerrydinardo) October 7, 2012 Sunday Ruminations #ILLINI Great 2 hear T Hawthorne appears 2 b ok Can't remember seeing as

U.S. Marines Corps: Leaders of Week 6

Every Saturday night during the college football season, BTN.com web editor Brent Yarina hands out his weekly Big Ten Game Balls. The series is called “U.S. Marines Corps: Leaders of the Week,” and it’s designed to spotlight the Big Ten’s top individual performances. Who took home the honors from Week 6? Find out in this post. WEEK 6 GAME BALLS 1. Braxton Miller, QB, Ohio State:  7-14, 127 yards, 1 TD, 0 INT; 16 car., 186 yards, 1 TD – Miller was, well, Miller-esque in  helping Ohio State drill Nebraska and remain perfect, the Big Ten’s final unbeaten team. The

Robinson, Michigan topple Purdue, 44-13, in Big Ten opener

Denard Robinson rushed for 235 yards and Fitzgerald Toussaint scored twice to help Michigan rout Purdue 44-13 on Saturday afternoon. The Wolverines (3-2, 1-0 Big Ten) have won three straight over Purdue. The Boilermakers (3-2, 0-1 Big Ten) lost at home for only the second time since Oct. 1, 2011. It was a banner day for Robinson in his first game back from a dismal performance at Notre Dame. He had three runs of 35 or more yards, finished 8 of 15 for 105 yards, moved into fifth place on Michigan’s career rushing list, fourth on the school’s career passing

3rd quarter recap: Michigan 31, Purdue 10

Thanks to a mean rushing attack, Michigan now leads 31-10. The Wolverines rushed for 77 yards in the quarter. The Wolverines opened up the lead, 31-10, after marching down the field for an eight-play, 61-yard drive that ended when Brendan Gibbons made a 29-yard field goal. Michigan’s drive was highlighted by Denard Robinson’s 46-yard run. The Wolverines went to the air just one time during that series. [RELATED: Clothes Call: Piping or no piping, Michigan?] Michigan’s Robinson rushed for 69 yards in the quarter to put him over 150 yards for the game. Robinson has 153 total yards on the

2nd quarter recap: Michigan 28, Purdue 10

In the second quarter, Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson stood out. He threw for 68 yards and one touchdown and ran for 20 yards and one touchdown, and the Wolverines now lead 28-10. The highlight of the quarter, however, came from Raymon Taylor, who picked off a pass and returned it 63 yards for a touchdown to give Michigan a 21-0 lead. The Boilermakers finally got on the board with 7:01 left in the second quarter, when Paul Griggs kicked a 40-yard field goal to make the score 21-3. Michigan added to its advantage when Robinson found Devin Gardner open for